Category Archives: Culture

Study shows that very gifted students are often cheated by America’s educational system — with the press release’s excellent video interview of the study’s lead author, Professor David Lubinski Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Harrison J. Kell, David Lubinski, and Camilla P. Benbow, Who Rises to the Top? Early Indicators, Psychological Science 24(5): 648-659, DOI: 10.1177/0956797612457784 (26 March 2014) Citation — to press release Jane Sevier and Joan Brasher, 30-year study reveals clues to the exceptional child’s journey, Research News at […]

A simple intervention reduces political polarization — by making people read political arguments in hard to decipher print fonts Comments Off

Citation — to study Ivan Hernandez and Jesse Lee Preston, Disfluency disrupts the confirmation bias, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 49(1): 178-182 (January 2013) Citation — to press release Diana Yates, Difficult-to-read font reduces political polarity, study finds, University of Illinois (02 November 2012) Background — what is confirmation bias? From the abstract: One difficulty […]

Study of mobile phone use reveals striking difference in pattern of female versus male “top three” relationships over the life span Comments Off

Citation © 2012 Vasyl Palchykov, Kimmo Kaski, Janos Kertész, Albert-László Barabási, and Robin I. M. Dunbar, Sex differences in intimate relationships, Science Reports [at Nature.com] 2(370), doi:10.1038/srep00370 (19 April 2012) (at abstract) Summary of this study’s findings Aging women appear to alter their youthful, mate-centered, hierarchy of close relationships to a subsequent one that exhibits […]

A surprising (and questionable) finding — two-thirds of Ontario and Nova Scotia paramedics are subjected to abuse, while doing their jobs Comments Off

A maybe not so rigorous survey of Canadian EMS workers A Canadian, in-conference, survey of 1,381 Ontario and Nova Scotia emergency service workers (apparently emergency medical technicians and paramedics, 70 percent of whom were male and had 10-years experience) discovered that: 67 percent had been verbally abused, 41 percent had been subjected to intimidation, 26 […]

The more self-adulatory hot air you blow, the better you do in the corporate world? — Apparently so, says Columbia Business School Comments Off

Sad news for women, who deserve better based on their actual performances Men’s “honest” overconfidence gets them promoted to leadership over similarly competent women: Reuben and his coresearchers . . . asked MBA students to complete a set of math problems on which both men and women perform about the same. One year later, the […]